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Liquor Reform, The Blog There’s been a lot of talk about wine in grocery stores and beer at gas stations since Governor Wolf signed the most significant liquor reform bill since Prohibition.These are huge reforms and wins for consumers and will make purchasing wine and beer much more convenient for Pennsylvanians. But what you may not know is that the law also provides for any Pennsylvania resident to ship wine from anywhere in the world to their home.This puts the consumer first and breaks down barriers to getting wine from a variety of new sources. Consumers can direct ship up to 36 cases containing at most 9 liters of wine each per calendar year.Here’s how the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported the change:“For the state’s most devoted wine lovers, a much bigger deal is the adoption of direct-to-consumer shipping from winemakers nationwide – putting Pennsylvania in line with 43 other states that give residents access to wine clubs from obscure West Coast wineries.”Jeremy Benson, executive director of Free the Grapes!, a California group that has been advocating for direct shipping nationally since 1998, welcomed the shift in Pennsylvania.“It’s a populous state. It is a state with a lot of wine lovers in it, and it is the last of the large states that has continued to effectively bar winery direct shipping,” he said. “For all those reasons, it is a very, very important win for consumers.””It’s true: this is a big win for consumers, especially wine lovers.But, wait! There are even more changes that benefit consumers and Pennsylvania businesses outside grocery stores. Here’s a few other changes you should like:Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores can now offer coupons and customer loyalty programs, including buy-one-get-one and seasonal promotions;Bars and breweries can now operate a “mug club” which could mean big discounts on beer for members;Pennsylvania-based breweries, wineries and distilleries can sell each other’s products for consumption; andBreweries, wineries and distilleries can now more easily offer tastings and sell products at farmers markets and other food and beverage fairs. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Want Wine? Ship it to Your House Under New Liquor Reform Bill. June 14, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The Badgers are scheduled to take on the University of California, Los Angeles in the championship rounds of the tournament for a shot at the tournament title against the winner of the University of Oregon and Creighton University game.Men’s basketball: 2017 Hall of Fame Classic to feature Badgers, other powerhousesThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team just punched their ticket to a tournament for next season in the 2017 Read… Former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan was named an inductee into the National Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday morning.Ryan is one of eight decorated basketball coaches and former players of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class who will be inducted later this fall on Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.The full class list includes Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill, Indiana’s Scott May, Purdue’s Rick Mount, Creighton’s Paul Silas, Gonzaga’s John Stockton and Duke’s Jay Williams.Men’s basketball: Take a look at the state of the 13 other teams in the Big Ten tournamentMarch is here, and championship week is already upon us. As of this writing, seven teams have already punched their Read…Ryan retired in December 2016 after coaching Wisconsin to a 364-130 overall record and 172-68 Big Ten record through his more than 14 seasons with the Badgers. Ryan’s Wisconsin teams experienced immense success in the postseason too.He is responsible for seven NCAA Sweet Sixteen runs, three Elite 8 appearances and two of the three Final Four banners hanging from rafters at the Kohl Center (2014, 2015).Placing NCAA Tournament milestones aside, Ryan’s most impressive mark on Badger basketball is perhaps the fact that Wisconsin never missed the NCAA Tournament during his 14 years in Madison.Men’s basketball: Badgers say goodbye to 2017 seniors with 66-49 win over rival MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball rebounded in a major way as the 2017 seniors lead the Badgers to a Read…The 12th annual induction ceremony precedes the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic men’s basketball tournament, which tips the following day at the Sprint Center located in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.“We are honored to welcome another esteemed class into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel, in a NABC statement.“Collectively, this group broke barriers, won championships, set records, competed for their country and left a lasting mark on the coaching profession,” Minton said. “Each inductee is uniquely deserving of a permanent place in our game’s history.”Coincidentally, Wisconsin men’s basketball also learned Wednesday the Badgers, now led by one of Ryan’s former assistant coaches Greg Gard, are due for a reunion with Ryan after being selected as one of the four teams to play in the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 20-21.